With medical cannabis provisions in the United States and Europe at a high, Poland is the latest country moving to legalize medical cannabis
The consensus for the new legislation, passed by Poland’s Lower House of Parliament, voted 440-2 in favor of the move.
One of the main authors of the bill is rapper-turned-politician Piotr Krzysztof Liroy-Marzec, who has been an MP for 12 years. He told Marijuana.com, “The medical marijuana bill is a is a result of a shared effort by the Coalition for Medical Marijuana — an unofficial group of volunteers. I’m one of them and also the speaker of this bill in the Polish Parliament.”
While the bill was introduced back at the beginning of 2016, Marzec noted that it still has some political hurdles to pass before it becomes law.
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However, Marzec is very optimistic for the future, “I hope soon it will be [passed]. My bill is at the final stage of the legislative process and we are waiting for the Senate to give its acceptance and for the President’s signature,” he said.
If the bill passes the higher echelons of the Polish parliament it will allow doctors to give patients medical cannabis, as a treatment option where other medicines have failed
Speaking about the change in Poland’s attitude to medical cannabis, Marzec added, “Polish society is not ready for legalization of recreational marijuana yet. The debate about [decriminalizing] possession of small amounts is still ongoing. The ruling party, Law and Justice, supported our bill on medical marijuana. They are strongly against legalization of any recreational drugs,” he said.
It appears that Marzec is correct in his assertion, as a poll conducted in January of this year found that a staggering 78 percent of Poles believe access to marijuana should be legal.
It still remains to be seen whether or not the legislation will make it past the Polish parliament in the upcoming vote. If it does pass, it could usher in a new era for medical cannabis in Poland, which could bring relief to thousands of people.
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